The Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) has appointed 75 full time faculty members in 2019, thereby improving its faculty-student ratio to 1:12.
The 75 new faculty members include four veterans – Professor Upendra Baxi, Professor MP Singh, Professor BB Pande and Professor BS Chimni.
With the addition of these 75 new faculty members, the total number of full time faculty members in JGLS now stands at 230, not including around 25 adjunct and visiting faculty members.
Commenting on the recent developments, Founding Vice-Chancellor and Dean of JGLS Professor (Dr) C Raj Kumar said in a press release:
“The only way to build a world class law school is to be able to hire a world class faculty. JGU offers its faculty members a competitive salary, research benefits comparable to the top international universities along with comprehensive health and accidental insurance coverage, accommodation near the University Campus, staff development allowance, research grants, research rewards for publications and other benefits.
Most importantly, JGLS has created an academic ecosystem and an intellectually vibrant environment that fosters academic freedom, intellectual autonomy and research independence while providing adequate resources to fulfill the individual and institutional objectives. Our aim has been to provide the faculty members quality time to pursue research and the students to have greater interaction with the faculty members...”
Among those 75 newly hired, 23 faculty members are graduates of various National Law Universities, taking the total number of NLU graduates teaching at JGLS to 76. The graph below shows the breakup:
63% of the new faculty members so hired are women, taking the overall percentage of women faculty to 50%. Notably, 40% of JGLS’ leadership positions are tenured by women faculty members.
10% of the newly hired faculty members and 14% of the overall faculty members in JGLS are international faculty members, coming from 17 different countries/regions such as Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America.
64 of the new hires have LL.M. degrees from leading international Universities such as Harvard University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, National University of Singapore, Columbia University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Utrecht University etc.
The faculty at the law school is also relatively young; the full-time faculty members have an average age of 35 years.